Can you enter Thailand now during the COVID-19 Crisis?


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Thailand has closed all its borders in an effort to contain the spread of COVID-19 since March last year under the invocation of the Emergency Decree. However, in 2021, Thailand has gradually open the country to foreign travelers and tourists. In April 2021, the mandatory quarantine has been reduced to 10 and 7 days respectively for both unvaccinated and vaccinated travelers.

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Who are qualified?

Applicants should be any of the following:

  • Thai nationals.
  • Foreigners under the Visa Exemption List
  • Foreigners who are holding a valid non-immigrant B visa (with Work Permit) and those with the extension of stay of Non-immigrant B visa (with Work Permit), including their spouses and children.
  • Foreigners who are granted permission (WP3) from the Ministry of Labour to work in Thailand and their families.
  • Foreigners who are holding non-immigrant D and F visas as part of the diplomatic corps and their families.
  • Foreigners who are holding non-immigrant O visas who are spouses, parents or children of Thai nationals.
  • Foreigners who hold Certificate Permanent Residence including their spouses and children.
  • Foreigners who are students of formal educational institutions approved by Thai authorities, including the parents or guardians of the students.
  • Foreigners who are in need of medical treatment in Thailand, and their attendants. However, this shall not include medical treatment for COVID–19.
  • Foreigners who are invited by the government and those who are permitted to enter the Kingdom under a special arrangement including Thailand Elite Visa.
  • Foreign migrant workers with official documents.

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Where to apply for permission to enter Thailand?

The foreigner must apply for permission or certificate of entry to Thailand from the local Thai Embassy or consulate. The application is done online and the processing time ranges from 3 to 15 days.  If you do not have a valid visa, it is recommended to secure your visa before applying for the COE.

What do you have to prepare prior to traveling to Thailand?

The foreigner or non-Thai nationals must carry the necessary documents as follows:

  1. Certificate of Entry (COE) issued by the Thai embassy or consulate in your current location.
  2. COVID 19 Health Certificate issued by relevant authority and the COVID-19 medical test result. The test must be conducted no longer than 72 hours before the date of travel. This certificate is also necessary at the airline’s check-in counter for a boarding pass to be issued.
  3. COVID 19 Insurance covering treatment and medical expenses related to COVID-19 with a minimum coverage of 100,000 USD.
  4. Confirmation of reservation of an ASQ Hotel.

How to obtain a Certificate of Entry?

The foreigner must apply for the certificate of entry from the local Thai Embassy or consulate at least 10 working days prior to the intended date of travel and must submit the following documents to the consular section of the Thai embassy or consulate:

  • Passport
  • Original or copy of the valid work permit or Letter issued by the relevant authorities of Thailand indicating permission for entry into Thailand for work purposes (if applicable).
  • Copy of the valid non-immigrant visa or extension of stay based on the Non-immigrant visa.
  • Copy of the Travel Health Insurance Policy covering treatment and medical expenses related to COVID-19 with a minimum coverage of 100,000 USD.
  • Copy of flight details of the intended date of travel. The Thai Embassy or Consulate may also refer you to the available repatriation flights.

NOTE: Some embassies will reject your COE application if you do not have the correct format for Health Insurance.

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In case the foreign national does not have a valid visa or has an expired non-immigrant visa, he or she can submit all the required documents and a filled-in visa application requesting for the Non-immigrant visa and the Thai embassy or consulate will issue the certificate of Entry and the visa altogether.

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What to do upon entry to Thailand?

When entering Thailand, the foreigner or non-Thai national is requested to follow the Thai authority’s guidelines for preventing the COVID-19 pandemic as follows:

  • Present the Certificate of Entry to the Thai authorities at the airport of arrival
  • Present the COVID-19 PCR test result certificate
  • Present the completed and signed Declaration Form
  • Present the COVID 19 travel insurance policy
  • Present the valid non-immigrant  visa and work permit (if applicable)
  • The foreign national will be subjected to a mandatory state quarantine at a government-designated ASHQ Hotels under the supervision of the Ministry of Public Health at his or her own expense.

 

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1,235 Comments

  1. Jonathan
    October 6, 2020
    Reply

    Hello,
    I have a passenger who holds a non immigrant O visa and wants to travel to Thailand with his partner who holds a Thai passport
    Is his visa sufficient to enter Thailand?

    • October 7, 2020

      Dear Jonathan,
      Good day.
      If the applicant has a Non Immigrant O visa for having Thai wife or Thai child, this person must apply for the Certificate of Entry issued by Thai Embassy in your location.
      Thank you.

  2. Hap Jia
    October 6, 2020
    Reply

    Hi,
    For the “within 72 hours”, does that mean the test has to be performed within 72 hours of the flight, or does it mean that the results have to be issued within the 72 hours?

    Can I do the test outside of 72 hours but get the results within 72 hours of the flight?

    Thank you.

    • October 9, 2020

      Dear Hap Jia,
      Good day.
      It means that the date in the Fit-to-Fly certificate is within 3 days before the flight.
      Thank you.

  3. Shivam
    October 6, 2020
    Reply

    Hi there
    I am looking to make a booking for 5 days in January 2021.
    I’ll be travelling from Newzealand.
    Do i need to quarantine and cannot go out of hotel throughout my stay?
    As I’ll be travelling from NZ and NZ is safe from Covid-19, will i get the exemption?
    Additionally, on indian passport i believe visa on arrival is still active however, the total application fees is 10,000 bhat plus 2000 bhat at immigration counter ?

  4. Graham Wolstenholme
    October 6, 2020
    Reply

    why on your website does it say those with Non-Immigrant O-A visas are allowed to enter Thailand and in the news it has been stated Retirees are allowed to enter Thailand BUT under “who are qualified ” it does not mention Retirees ????

    • October 6, 2020

      Dear Graham,
      There are 3 types of retirement visas. Non Immigrant O which is extended into 1 year, there is the non-immigrant OA and also there is non-immigrant OX visa. Right now, all we can say is that Non Immigrant OA and OX visa holders are included on the list of foreigners permitted to enter Thailand. If you have a retirement visa under non immigrant O category, we recommend for you to call the Thai Embassy in your location to make sure if you are also qualified or if not.
      Thank you.

  5. John
    October 6, 2020
    Reply

    For the health insurance with covid coverage, is there a list of Thai insurance companies that is selling this insurance online?

    Would appreciate if you could provide some information or link to the insurance companies currently selling these policies.

    Tks

    • October 9, 2020

      Dear John,
      Good day.
      Yes, one of the companies that you may check is called Pacific Cross.
      Thank you.

  6. Karthik
    October 5, 2020
    Reply

    I’m residing at Chennai, India. I wish to apply for Non-B Visa (Employment) for working in Thailand with WP3. Please let me know when Thai embassy at Chennai will be open for accepting new visa applications.

    • October 9, 2020

      Dear Karthik,
      Good day.
      Please check with the VFS Thailand in Chennai for the visa application: https://www.vfs-thailand.co.in/ or you can email: infothai.southin@vfshelpline.com
      Thank you.

    • Abhinav
      October 13, 2020

      Hi Rex… I have submitted all doc’s. in Mumbai Embassy for COE but have not received till date. Can u tell me how much time it will take?? Or how can I check my COE status??

    • November 1, 2020

      Dear Abhinav,
      Good day. I regret to inform you that I do not work for the Thai Embassy in Mumbai. May I recommend for you to email them or check this website:
      https://www.vfs-thailand.co.in/Mumbai/index.html
      Thank you.

  7. Nan
    October 5, 2020
    Reply

    Hi I was told that it is possible to enter State Quarantine if you are a foreigner with a work permit. Are there any details on this?

    • October 5, 2020

      Dear Nancy,
      For foreigners with or without work permit, the quarantine should be in a hotel or hospital which you will pay for.
      Thank you.

  8. Mike Jackson
    October 2, 2020
    Reply

    Hi, I am from Scotland, UK and have a 6yr old daughter to my Thai fiancé both living in Chonburi province. Am I correct in thinking I would be able to apply for a CoE on the basis of my daughter and how long is it taking to process the CoE? Thanks

    • October 7, 2020

      Dear Mike,
      Good day.
      Yes, you are correct that you may apply for the 90-day non immigrant O visa for having Thai child and then you may also apply for the COE after you have the visa. If you need help for the visa application and the COE application, please do not hesitate to contact us.
      Thank you.

  9. Maxim
    October 1, 2020
    Reply

    Hello,
    I’m an Israeli citizen and currently stay in Istanbul, Turkey. Can I apply for special long term visa from Istanbul? (Without flying back to israel)
    And how long should it take the get the visa?
    Thanks a lot and have a nice day!

  10. Maxim
    October 1, 2020
    Reply

    Hello,
    I have Israeli citizenship but I’m currently in Istanbul, Turkey. can I apply for the long term tourist visa from the Thai embassy here in Istanbul ? (Without coming back to israel)
    And how long should the all process take?

    Thank you!

    • October 5, 2020

      Dear Maxim,
      Good day.
      Please check this page:
      https://www.thaiembassy.com/travel/thailand-special-tourist-visa.php
      Thank you.

    • Maxim
      October 5, 2020

      Hey Rex, thank you for respond but I just went to the Thai embassy in Istanbul and they said they not apply for special long term visa tourist. What should I do?

    • October 9, 2020

      Dear Maxim,
      I believe the STV applications has been delayed. I recommend that you apply for the STV from a Thai embassy in a country with very low COVID-29 cases. Perhaps it is better to apply in Israel than in Turkey.
      Thank you.

  11. Frances
    October 1, 2020
    Reply

    Hi, I am a malaysian and my malaysian husband currently works in Bangkok with a valid work visa. Am I allowed to join him in thailand? I am not clear about the process and the quarantine cost involved. Please advise

    • November 4, 2020

      Dear Frances,
      Good day.
      Yes, you may apply for the non immigrant O visa as dependent to your husband. You can also apply for the COE after that. Please get in touch with the Thai Embassy in KL for more information.
      Thank you.

  12. Max
    September 30, 2020
    Reply

    Hey, I’m a Muay Thai fighter from israel and currently staying in Bulgaria waiting Thailand to open.
    What should I do?
    Is it possible to get the long term visa from the Thai embassy in Bulgaria?

    • September 30, 2020

      Dear Max,
      Good day.
      Thailand has a travel ban at this time and unfortunately the visa for doing Muay Thai in Thailand has been suspended. The only way you can come to Thailand at this time is the Special Tourist Visa. You may check this page to learn more about the process:
      https://www.thaiembassy.com/travel/thailand-special-tourist-visa.php
      Thank you.

  13. Paul Humphries
    September 30, 2020
    Reply

    Hi

    My Thai wife and children all with Thai passports want to return to Thailand. What is the cheapest option ? I keep hearing about a list that they need to join and flights only once a week on Sunday. Please can you confirm.
    Thanks

    • September 30, 2020

      Dear Paul,
      Yes, Thailand has a travel ban. There are no commercial flights to Thailand. The only flights to Thailand are repatriation or chartered flights with approval by Thai Embassy London. These flights are once a week operated by Thai Airways I believe. For the Thais to return to Thailand, they must sign up for these flights and they must contact Thai Embassy in London.
      Thank you.

  14. Kurt Schriber
    September 30, 2020
    Reply

    I have a NON-O-Retirement Visa. Can I go back home to Thailand?

    Thanks Kurt

    • September 30, 2020

      Dear Kurt,
      There are reports that Non Immigrant OA and Non Immigrant OX visas issued by Thai Embassy abroad (Australia and Switzerland for example) are now eligible to apply for the Certificate of Entry and allowed to enter Thailand. However, for the Retirement Visa extension holder, I am not sure if you are covered by it. I would recommend for you to check with the Thai Embassy in your current location to get the update.
      Thank you.

  15. Ajinkya
    September 30, 2020
    Reply

    Hello,
    I am from india, I want to visit thiland for tourism. Can I get ‘Visa On Arrival’ in mid-october?

    Because it is unclear from above update that if tourism

    • September 30, 2020

      Dear Ajinkya,
      Good day.
      No, Thailand still has a travel ban until end of this year. But there is a special tourist visa. Please check this page:
      https://www.thaiembassy.com/travel/thailand-special-tourist-visa.php
      Thank you.

    • Graeme
      October 1, 2020

      I want to get the marriage visa before I pay for insurance, flights and ASQ hotels. Is this possible?

      Thanks

    • October 1, 2020

      Dear Graeme,
      Good day.
      That would depend on the arrangement of the Thai Embassy in your area or location. For example in the USA, the ASQ and flight booking as well as the insurance are already required when applying for the visa.
      Thank you.

  16. Ayan Ghosh
    September 30, 2020
    Reply

    Hi, is there any possibility of Thailand entering into a travel bubble with some countries? I know that India is in talks with Thailand for such an arrangement, is there any progress on that so far?

  17. Riza Centeno
    September 30, 2020
    Reply

    Hi. I would like to know what are the requirements or restrictions if transitting via Bangkok? The final destination is SGN.

    • September 30, 2020

      Dear Riza,
      I would recommend that you call your airline since you might be required to present a COVID-19 PCR test with negative result certification upon check in.
      Thank you.

  18. John Pollitt
    September 29, 2020
    Reply

    hi. I am a U.K. citizen holding a Thai Non Imm OA visa. I am currently here in U.K. with my Thai partner of 4 years and her son. We are looking to return back to Thailand at end of October on Qatar airways. Will be able to travel back together or should we travel separately. I understand that I will have to pa6 m6 own quarantine but that my Thai partner and son would be placed in a Thai quarantine hotel at no cost. Is this correct.

    • September 30, 2020

      Dear John,
      Yes, you may travel together. I am not sure yet if Thai Embassy in London is now issuing Certificate of Entry to Non Immigrant OA visa holders. May I ask if you are married to your partner?
      Hotel quarantine is not free of charge. The Thai national has an option to pay for a hotel quarantine or they undergo a free state quarantine which is provided by the government.
      Thank you.

  19. Chin
    September 29, 2020
    Reply

    Dear Rex, good day…
    I have this question that need your advise.

    We are this machinery manufacturer and supplier to Thailand and about to ship our machine.

    Can you advise How do we apply for the necessary VISA for our technician to subsequently install and commissioning our machinery in Thailand during this Covid-19 crisis? Thank you so much.

    • September 30, 2020

      Dear Chin,
      Yes, your technician must apply for the Non Immigrant B visa to travel to Thailand. He can apply for the Non B visa and Certificate of Entry from the Thai Embassy in your current location. The flight details will be provided by the embassy so do not book a commercial flight.
      Thank you.

  20. Fiona
    September 29, 2020
    Reply

    Hi there,

    May I know where can I get Certificate Of Entry (COE) for Thai Nationals in Amsterdam?
    They will be flying from Amsterdam back to Bangkok for good.

    • September 30, 2020

      Dear Fiona,
      Please call Phone: +31 6 84980238
      Thank you.

    • Richard Ee
      October 1, 2020

      Now I in Singapore. I have (NON-IMM) Retirement Visa expires on Jan-04/2021. Can you advise am I allow to go back now.

    • November 4, 2020

      Dear Richard,
      Good day.
      Based on the latest notification by the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand, the category for the retirement visa allowed to return to Thailand are under the category OA visa. I am not sure if your retirement visa is under category OA or is it under category O visa?
      Thank you.

  21. John
    September 28, 2020
    Reply

    Is there a way to get a list of the quarantine sites the gouvernment approves and its cost. It appears some of the sites have double the cost of my airfare. Can a visitor choose which site approved by gouvernment he can stay. Some hotel sites offer as low as 6000 baht for a 14 day stay but not aware if approved by gouvernment.

    • September 28, 2020

      Dear John,
      The accredited ASQ hotels is 28,000 THB for the cheapest up to more than 100,000 THB for the 14-day stay per person. If the hotel is less than 30,000 THB, definitely that is not an ASQ hotel. Please check this list:
      https://www.thaiembassy.com/travel/alternative-state-quarantine-asq-in-thailand.php
      Thank you.

    • tim
      September 28, 2020

      Hi Rex,

      What about the spouses from different country and plan to meet in Thailand, Is it possible for them to quarantine in the same room?

    • September 28, 2020

      Dear Tim,
      Perhaps if you arrive at the very same time, then it might be possible. You need to make that arrangement with the ASQ hotel. The rate is not per room. It is per person.
      Thank you.

  22. Mario
    September 27, 2020
    Reply

    I have a question about the EDucational visa.
    If I enroll in a language school that supports ED visas, would I still be able to enter and leave the country when necessary?
    For instance 1-2 months in Thailand and 1-2 in my home countery etc.? Or however necessary.
    Or are they only allowing entry to some students?

    I would appreciate it if You could explain this!

    Best regards

    • Mario
      September 27, 2020

      Also, do students need to do the ASQ in an expensive hotel aswell?

      Best regards

    • September 28, 2020

      Dear Mario,
      The students allowed to enter Thailand are those grade school and high school. They can quarantine with their parents in the ASQ hotel.
      Thank you.

    • September 28, 2020

      Dear Mario,
      The ED visa under language school is not allowed to enter Thailand right now.
      Thank you.

  23. Graham Manning
    September 26, 2020
    Reply

    Good Day,

    We were planning to travel to Thailand, from the UK to visit Gilhams Fishing Lake in Krabi on 21st November, staying at the resort for 8 days and returning to the UK directly thereafter.
    We we part of a single group who would have the lake entirely to ourselves for the period.
    We would enter at Bangkok and internal flight to Krabi then return same route.

    Is this likely to be possible?

    • September 30, 2020

      Dear Graham,
      Good day.
      You have to take into account the 14-day mandatory quarantine in Bangkok and then you can move to Krabi and stay for 8 days. The only way right now to get to Thailand is by applying for the special tourist visa. You may call the tourism office:
      44 207) 925 2511
      info@tourismthailand.co.uk or tatuk@tat.or.th
      https://www.thaiembassy.com/travel/thailand-special-tourist-visa.php
      Thank you

    • Graham Manning
      September 30, 2020

      Thank you Rex!

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  24. Frederikke Toft
    September 26, 2020
    Reply

    We are two students from Denmark, who wants to study a semester in Thailand from January 2021 til may 2021. Are we eligible to get student visa?

    Thank you in advance.

    Best regards,
    Frederikke

    • September 30, 2020

      Dear Frederikke,
      If you will be enrolled in a university, yes, you can apply for the Non Immigrant ED visa from Thai Embassy in Copenhagen. I am not sure yet if a certificate of entry will be required in January 2021. Let’s see if the COVID 19 crisis will subside at that time.
      Thank you.

  25. Mae
    September 25, 2020
    Reply

    Hello good day!
    Just want to inquire i am a non immigrant R visa holder. My younger brother needs to be operated on his knee on october 28, 2020. I wish to go to thailand to assist and attend to his needs during the operation and after the operation while he is recuperating….any advice please how can i enter the country? Thank you..

    • September 25, 2020

      Dear Mae,
      Good day.
      The Non-immigrant R visa holder are currently not allowed to enter Thailand. You can inquiry from the Thai Embassy in your current location for the Special Tourist Visa.
      Thank you.

  26. Jen
    September 25, 2020
    Reply

    Hi, I will fly to Bangkok from Hong Kong to Bangkok on November thru business visa. Could I book flight from Bangkok back to Taipei afterwards? If so, where can I get the booking information? Thanks very much.

    • September 25, 2020

      Dear Jen,
      I would recommend for you to call the Thai consulate in Hong Kong. Your plan may not work due to the fact that business visa holders are not allowed into Thailand yet. It must be Non Immigrant B visa under Employment.
      If you are referring to the special tourist visa, please check this page:
      https://www.thaiembassy.com/travel/thailand-special-tourist-visa.php
      Thank you.

    • September 28, 2020

      As of today, the Thai government announced that businessmen may apply for the Non B visa from the Thai consulate or embassy together with the certificate of entry application.
      Thank you.

  27. Mark Lucas
    September 24, 2020
    Reply

    Hi
    I am a British passport holder. Will I be allowed to get the 90 day visa to go to Thailand in October to visit my fiancé

  28. costa deeb
    September 24, 2020
    Reply

    hello
    if Thai citizen (who stay in Thailand) and travel to turkey for week then can he back to Thailand?

    • September 25, 2020

      Dear Costa,
      Yes he can travel to Turkey and he can return to Thailand but he must apply for permit to return to Thailand. It will take 10 to 15 days to get the permit from Thai Embassy in Ankarra.
      Thank you.

    • Costa deeb
      September 26, 2020

      Can also do at the counsel in Istanbul ?

    • September 26, 2020

      Dear Costa,
      I am not sure if the Thai Consulate in Istanbul can issue the permit to return to Thailand to your Thai friend.
      I recommend that you contact the consulate in Istanbul to make sure if they do.
      Thank you.

  29. Kwong Ka Ling Karen
    September 24, 2020
    Reply

    Hi, I would like to ask is that if the STV could co-exist with my Retirement visa? If I return to Thailand with STV, could I use my retirement visa to extend my stay?

    Your advice is very much appreciated.

    Karen

    • September 24, 2020

      Dear Karen,
      Right at this time, we do not know yet the nature of the Special Tourist Visa. We do not know if this visa can be converted into a non immigrant O visa and retirement visa successively. Kindly await for further government announcement or check regularly with the Thai consulate or TAT office in Hong Kong.
      Thank you.

  30. Max
    September 23, 2020
    Reply

    hi there,

    Is it possible to currently apply for a Non-immigrant type B business visa?and use it to enter Thailand and do we need a work permit as well?

    I am trying to decide if I can only apply for the STV or can also apply for the Non-immigrant type B business visa instead (which gives 1 year multiple entry)

    • September 24, 2020

      Dear Max,
      Good day.
      If you have a Non B visa for business, no, this will not qualify to enter Thailand. If you have a Non Immigrant B visa for Thai employment, yes, you can get a certificate of entry and you enter Thailand.
      Another option to enter Thailand aside from Non B visa with WP3 is the special tourist visa.
      If you are qualified, you must get in touch with the local Thai Embassy or the Tourism Authority of Thailand in your current location for more information.
      Have a good day.

  31. Harish Kumar
    September 23, 2020
    Reply

    Hi,

    My family holds a Non-immigrant O visa and needs to apply for COE with the Thai Consulate at Mumbai, India.

    Till about last week – I was able to view the COE application form but now I do not find it. I have emailed the Thai Consulate on the email ID provided on the website but haven’t got a reply from them.

    Please assist.

    Regards

    • September 24, 2020

      Dear Harish,
      I regret to inform you that we cannot assist you on your query. Our firm is based in Bangkok and we do not process COE application in India. Please ask your family to call the Thai Embassy or consulate directly.
      Thank you.

  32. Murphy
    September 23, 2020
    Reply

    Hi Rex,

    My Mother is a Thai resident. Just wonder is there any possible way to have exception for the 14 days mandatory quarantine if my Mother is having serious sickness condition. She is suffering stage 4 cancer. And her condition is not optimistic, said the doctor.

    Thank you.

    • September 25, 2020

      Dear Murphy,
      The 14-day quarantine is mandatory. It means, you need to do it either at the state quarantine or at the hotel quarantine. There has been reports that it might be reduced to 7 days quarantine in November. When do you plan to come to Thailand? Do you already have a visa for Thailand or permit to enter?
      Thank you.

  33. Stephen Bevan
    September 23, 2020
    Reply

    Good morning,

    My UK partner who is a Thai national living in UK for 18 years holds a Thai passport. This morning her mother has had a serious accident and has been taken to hospital and is need of an operation on her brain. My partner obviously wants to travel out to help her. How soon would she be able to get travel permission and would she still have to self isolate for 14 days?

    • September 24, 2020

      Dear Stephen,
      Good day.
      We are sorry to hear that. Regarding your question, yes, all Thais and foreigners who are coming to Thailand must undergo a mandatory 14-day quarantine at the state quarantine or hotel quarantine. This rule is absolute.
      Thank you.

  34. David Phillips
    September 23, 2020
    Reply

    Hi
    I have a retirement visa , married to a Thai Lady and I have a house book , can I
    Come back to Thailand . Your help would be very much appreciated .
    Thank you

    • September 24, 2020

      Dear David,
      Yes, you can apply for the Non Immigrant O visa for having a Thai wife. You need to submit a copy of the marriage certificate and copy of ID card of your Thai wife. The application for the visa and the certificate of entry is done online. I recommend that you contact the Thai Embassy in your country for more information about the visa application.
      Another option for you is the special tourist visa or STV, if you are qualified, you must get in touch with the local Thai Embassy or the Tourism Authority of Thailand in your current location for more information.Thank you.

  35. Bernard Wildmann
    September 22, 2020
    Reply

    Dear Rex,
    I have a retirement visa with multiple re-entry permit both expiring July 15th 2021.
    Can I now come back to Thailand starting October 1st ?

    • September 22, 2020

      Dear Bernard,
      Good day.
      Unfortunately, the retirement visa holders are not on the list of foreigners qualified to enter Thailand. We need to wait for further government announcement in the beginning of October.
      Thank you.

  36. PIERRE CAREME
    September 22, 2020
    Reply

    Good morning,

    I’m a little bit confused because in your presentation you say the visa is open to « foreign nationals…with the intention … to stay … as tourist to boost the tourism industry”.

    Yet in the list of possible applicants I see Thai nationals, diplomats, students…. But not plain tourists.

    My situation is the following, could please let me know if it makes sense for me to apply ;

    I’m 71 years old and I have a good friend in Thailand. We’ve met in 2012 and I usually visit her 2 or 3 times a year for 3 weeks periods. Now I haven’t seen her for more than a year and she is reluctant to come to Europe.

    Besides I presently have 72,000 THB prepaid hotel and plane reservations made in December 2019 that I couldn’t use. I fear if I wait too long these will become void and the money will be lost.

    Among which :

    16,000 THB at Chatrium Riverside hotel in Bangkok. Could I stay in this hotel for the quarantine ?

    35,000 THB for a Brussels-Bangkok-Brussels flight with Thai Airways. Can I use this company for flying over ?

    Thank you very much for letting me know if I should go ahead with the application.

    Best regards

    Pierre Carême
    rue des Floralies 87, B55
    1200 Woluwé St Lambert
    Belgique
    Portable (France) : +33 689 69 95 81
    careme.pierre@gmail.com

    Pierre Carême
    1 allée du Clos des Vignes
    40230 Josse
    France
    Fixe : +33 5 58 42 16 28
    Mobile : +33 6 89 69 95 81

    • September 22, 2020

      Dear Pierre,
      The Special Tourist Visa is a new visa. If you wish to obtain this visa, please see information below:
      -Starting October 1, 2020 to September 30, 2021 Thailand will allow limited numbers of long stay foreign tourists under the Special Tourist Visa (STV) Program.  The visa is valid for 90 days which can be extended for another two 90-day extensions. This long stay visa is open to foreign nationals  travelling to Thailand with the intention to stay long term as tourist to boost the tourism industry. According to the head of Thailand Tourism Office, this is available to the countries in the Top 10 of the global COVID-19 Index or ones who haven’t had new cases for say 28 days will be allowed.
      -The applicant must agree to undergo 14-day quarantine in a quarantine hotel accredited by the Thai government and the applicant must also provide COVID-19 health insurance covering the first 3 months of stay.
      -The applicant must apply for the visa and certificate of entry prior to traveling to Thailand. The Thai Embassy will be the one to arrange the flight to Thailand so it is recommended not to book any commercial flight. 
      -Applicant must also provide a negative result of a COVID-19 PCR test issued within 72 hours before the flight. 
      If you are qualified, you must get in touch with the local Thai Embassy or the Tourism Authority of Thailand in your current location for more information.
      Have a good day.

  37. Eddie J.
    September 22, 2020
    Reply

    Hello Rex,
    Flights from the United States to Thailand, are they direct-non-stop flights?

    Thank You,
    Eddie J.

    • September 22, 2020

      Dear Eddie,
      The flights arranged in cooperation with the Thai Embassy in the US are operated by Eva Air, Korean Air, Qatar, Asiana and Cathay Pacific. I am not sure if these are non-stop flights. It could be flights with stopover and they may be picking up some passengers from these countries who are able to obtain Certificate of Entry. You may check this page to check with the travel agent:
      https://thaiembdc.org/visas/
      Thank you.

  38. Z
    September 22, 2020
    Reply

    I am a japanese citizen in the philippines. My father and brother are in thailand. Is it possible or is there any way for me to be able to travel to thailand and live with them in thailand?

    • September 22, 2020

      That would depend if you are below 20 years old. If you are below 20 years old or a minor, you can get a non immigrant O visa and certificate of entry from the Thai Embassy in Manila.
      Another option for you is the Special Tourist Visa which you may start applying by contacting the Thai Embassy in Manila or the TAT office.
      Thank you.

  39. Doohwi Kim
    September 21, 2020
    Reply

    Dear sir

    Please don’t remove my answer and kindly leave a comment

    I have Thai girlfriend living in near Bangkok which I don’t need to stay hotel after 14 quarantine. Is it possible if I present my girlfriend’s accommodation detail as a proof to get STV visa?

    Looking forward to your kind reply..

    • September 22, 2020

      No. You cannot do home quarantine. You must book a quarantine hotel for 14 days. I recommend for you to call the Thai Embassy in your country for more information about the requirements of the COE application.
      Thank you.

  40. RudyVG
    September 20, 2020
    Reply

    Beste,

    Woon in Thailand op basis van een retirement.

    Indien ik terug moet naar Belgie omwille van familiale redenen, kan ik dan nog terug?

    Bedankt.

    • September 24, 2020

      Dear Rudy,
      Due to COVID-19 pandemic, if you go to Europe now, you will not be able to return to Thailand next month or perhaps not until next year.
      Thank you.

  41. Rudy Van Goethem
    September 20, 2020
    Reply

    Geachte,

    Ik woon al bijna 7 jaar in Thailand op basis van een Non O extensie (retirement)
    Mijn moeder in Belgie is 81, als ik haar wil bezoeken, kan ik dan nog terug?

    Groeten

    Rudy.

    • September 24, 2020

      Dear Rudy,
      Good day. I do not recommend for you to leave Thailand because you will not be able to return to Thailand until 2021.
      Thank you.

  42. Eva
    September 19, 2020
    Reply

    Hi,

    I am a UK citizen, Can I travel with this visa but stay for 30-40 days only?

    I can’t be away for too long.

    Thanks,
    Eva

    • September 22, 2020

      Dear Eva,
      Yes you can for 30 days to 90 days.
      -Starting October 1, 2020 to September 30, 2021 Thailand will allow limited numbers of long stay foreign tourists under the Special Tourist Visa (STV) Program.  The visa is valid for 90 days which can be extended for another two 90-day extensions. This long stay visa is open to foreign nationals  travelling to Thailand with the intention to stay long term as tourist to boost the tourism industry. According to the head of Thailand Tourism Office, this is available to the countries in the Top 10 of the global COVID-19 Index or ones who haven’t had new cases for say 28 days will be allowed.
      -The applicant must agree to undergo 14-day quarantine in a quarantine hotel accredited by the Thai government and the applicant must also provide COVID-19 health insurance covering the first 3 months of stay.
      -The applicant must apply for the visa and certificate of entry prior to traveling to Thailand. The Thai Embassy will be the one to arrange the flight to Thailand so it is recommended not to book any commercial flight. 
      -Applicant must also provide a negative result of a COVID-19 PCR test issued within 72 hours before the flight. 
      If you are qualified, you must get in touch with the local Thai Embassy or the Tourism Authority of Thailand in your current location for more information.
      Have a good day.

  43. Ubaid
    September 19, 2020
    Reply

    Hi Once again, I am having valid retirement visa for many years now, I have been living in Thailand for many years, I own and live in my own condo, Am I entitled for return

    • September 22, 2020

      Dear Ubaid,
      Good day.
      Unfortunately, the retirement visa holders are not on the list of foreigners qualified to enter Thailand. We need to wait for further government announcement in the beginning of October.
      Thank you.

  44. September 19, 2020
    Reply

    Can I self quarantine in my residence

    • September 22, 2020

      Dear Willard,
      At the moment, all Thais and foreigners entering Thailand are required to do a state quarantine or a hotel quarantine. It is not allowed to do a home quarantine.
      Thank you.

  45. Doohwi Kim
    September 18, 2020
    Reply

    Hi. Hope you still say safe and healthy all the time.

    I just saw that your country will open the gate for foreigners who want to get in Thailand in October and one of the conditions that we have to obtain is a proof of payment for accommodation after quarantine.

    What if I have an exact address and proof that my girlfriend is a Thai living in Thailand and I don’t need to stay in the hotel during my travel?

    Is this acceptable? Please kindly check and leave a comment, which would be largely appreciated.

    • September 22, 2020

      Dear Doohwi,
      Good day.
      No. You cannot do home quarantine. You must book a quarantine hotel for 14 days. I recommend for you to call the Thai Embassy in your country for more information about the requirements of the COE application.
      Thank you.

  46. RV
    September 18, 2020
    Reply

    Hi Rex

    Just wanted to know my friend had ask in NEPAL Thai Embassy they replied we not got any information about STV .

    Also wanted to know if suppose my friend do COVID-19 Test before coming to Thailand and test come Negative so will they allow him.

    please let me know on this

    • September 22, 2020

      Dear RV,
      -Starting October 1, 2020 to September 30, 2021 Thailand will allow limited numbers of long stay foreign tourists under the Special Tourist Visa (STV) Program.  The visa is valid for 90 days which can be extended for another two 90-day extensions. This long stay visa is open to foreign nationals  travelling to Thailand with the intention to stay long term as tourist to boost the tourism industry. According to the head of Thailand Tourism Office, this is available to the countries in the Top 10 of the global COVID-19 Index or ones who haven’t had new cases for say 28 days will be allowed.
      -The applicant must agree to undergo 14-day quarantine in a quarantine hotel accredited by the Thai government and the applicant must also provide COVID-19 health insurance covering the first 3 months of stay.
      -The applicant must apply for the visa and certificate of entry prior to traveling to Thailand. The Thai Embassy will be the one to arrange the flight to Thailand so it is recommended not to book any commercial flight. 
      -Applicant must also provide a negative result of a COVID-19 PCR test issued within 72 hours before the flight. 
      If you are qualified, you must get in touch with the local Thai Embassy or the Tourism Authority of Thailand in your current location for more information.
      Have a good day.

  47. Avita
    September 17, 2020
    Reply

    Good Day Rex,

    What documents are required for a Thai National to enter Thailand..

    he is coming from Jakarta

    how many hours before PCR test is required

    do you know of any repatriation flights which can avoid 14 days quarantine in bangkok and make him arrive directly to his homeport in Phitsanulok

    Thank you so much Rex,

    Much Appreciated !

    • September 22, 2020

      Dear Avita,
      The Thai national must obtain the fit to fly certificate and he or she must sign up for the repatriation flight that the Thai Embassy arranged. The PCR test result for COVID 19 should be issued not more than 72 hours before the flight. The state quarantine must be done in Bangkok for 14 days before he can go to Phitsanulok.
      Thank you.

  48. Caroline
    September 17, 2020
    Reply

    Hi – we are having a friend from Thailand staying with us in The Netherlands – she is a Thai national – when flying back she needs a certificate of entry too? What does that mean for a Thai national? Thank you.

    • September 22, 2020

      Dear Caroline,
      The Thai national must obtain the fit to fly certificate and she must sign up for the repatriation flight that the Thai Embassy arranged.
      Thank you.

  49. RC
    September 16, 2020
    Reply

    My mother currently holds a retirement visa and is in Thailand. She would like to leave Thailand to go back home and return to Thailand in the near future. Will she still be able to enter Thailand using her valid retirement visa?

    • September 22, 2020

      Dear RC,
      If she leaves Thailand right now, she will not be able to return to Thailand this year. Retirement visa holders are not allowed to enter Thailand as of now and there is no indication that retirement visa holders will be allowed soon.
      Thank you.

  50. Roger
    September 16, 2020
    Reply

    I’m 77 years old, usually come to Thailand for at least 3 months or more.
    I heard that Thailand allowed tourists to come in now but I wonder How can I apply for STV visa in Portugal? and Where do I start first?, What do I need for appling the Visa to Thailand?

    Thankyou

    • September 17, 2020

      Dear Roger,
      Good day.
      -Starting October 1, 2020 to September 30, 2021 Thailand will allow limited numbers of long stay foreign tourists under the Special Tourist Visa (STV) Program. The visa is valid for 90 days which can be extended for another two 90-day extensions. This long stay visa is open to foreign nationals travelling to Thailand with the intention to stay long term as tourist to boost the tourism industry.
      -The applicant must agree to undergo 14-day quarantine in a quarantine hotel accredited by the Thai government and the applicant must also provide COVID-19 health insurance covering the first 3 months of stay.
      -The applicant must apply for the visa and certificate of entry prior to traveling to Thailand. The Thai Embassy will be the one to arrange the flight to Thailand so it is recommended not to book any commercial flight.
      -Applicant must also provide a negative result of a COVID-19 PCR test issued within 72 hours before the flight.
      Those who are qualified, must get in touch with the local Thai Embassy in their current location for more information.
      Thank you.

    • Roger
      September 29, 2020

      Hi,

      It seem like it hard to get STV visa from Thai embassy in Portugal.

      Now, I’m in Turkey is there any information that which country that Thailand allows to come in with STV visa ?

      I have been tring to apply for the visa to Thailand for a long time but no progress yet.

      Anything you can advice me to do ?

    • September 29, 2020

      Dear Roger,
      Good day. You may check this page: https://www.thaiembassy.com/travel/thailand-special-tourist-visa.php
      Thank you.

  51. Kwong Ka Ling Karen
    September 16, 2020
    Reply

    Hi, my name is Karen. I am from Hong Kong and holding a Retirement Visa, have our own property in Thailand. My husband who is Swiss and also holding a Retirement Visa and currently living in Thailand. I know your government has just approved a NEW long stay in tourism. I have 2 questions to clarify.
    1. If I cannot return to Thailand with my retirement visa, can I still apply for the New Tourism visa even I have already got my retirement visa?
    2. Is there any news for retiree visa holders to be allowed back to the country in Oct or Nov.?
    Your advice is very much. appreciated.

    • September 22, 2020

      Dear Kwong,
      Good day.
      1. Yes, you are able to apply for the STV as long as you are qualified. For the information regarding the STV, we recommend for you to contact the Tourism Authority of Thailand and the Thai Consulate in Hong Kong.
      2. Unfortunately there has been no news about the retirement visa holders being allowed to enter Thailand. We are still waiting for new announcement from CAAT.
      Thank you.

  52. RV
    September 16, 2020
    Reply

    Hi Rex ,

    Good day..

    I just wanted to ask my friend wants to come to Bangkok from Nepal on STV Visa which was Announced yesterday so can he come ? What are the Document’s Required can you please help me in this please .

    • September 16, 2020

      Dear RV,
      Starting October 1, 2020 to September 30, 2021 Thailand will allow limited numbers of long stay foreign tourists under the Special Tourist Visa (STV) Program. The visa is valid for 90 days which can be extended for another two 90-day extensions. This long stay visa is open to foreign nationals travelling from countries with low or no COVID-19 local transmission. Those who are qualified, must get in touch with the local Thai Embassy in their current location for more information.
      Thank you.

    • RV
      September 17, 2020

      Hi Rex ,

      Good day,,

      Thanks for the Info i just wanted to ask if Cases are Nominal in Country like NEPAL and if he do COVID – 19 Test which comes Negative so he can entry in Thailand or not ?

    • September 22, 2020

      Dear RV,
      As stated in my previous reply, you need to contact the Thai Embassy in Kathmandu.
      Thank you.

  53. Simoni
    September 16, 2020
    Reply

    Hello Rex. I am planning to travel to Bangkok in October from USA. I have been granted non-immigrant O visa valid for 90 days. My question is, do I need to also have a return ticket to present upon arriving to Bangkok? Every where it is showing that I can only purchase one-way repatriation ticket, but I just wanted to confirm since I am coming for 90 days only, do I need to show a return ticket, or can I book my return ticket later? Please advise.
    Also, really appreciate your help and thank you for answering all of our questions.

    • September 16, 2020

      Dear Simoni,
      Good day.
      Since the visa is a non-immigrant visa, you are allowed to book a one-way flight to Thailand.
      Thank you.

  54. Michael
    September 16, 2020
    Reply

    Hello, l have a return flight booked to Thailand on the 8th of October, l have a current retirement visa with a multiple entry stamp, 5 million baht Aetna Thailand insurance with full Covid cover, l can get the fit to fly certificate and Covid-19 check, will l be allowed in if i do the 14 day quarantine In Bangkok? Thank you.

    • September 22, 2020

      Dear Michael,
      Good day.
      Unfortunately, the retirement visa holders are not on the list of foreigners qualified to enter Thailand according to the CAAT. We need to wait for further government announcement in the beginning of October.
      Thank you.

  55. Jira
    September 15, 2020
    Reply

    Hi,

    Could you pls give me more detail on foreigners who are in need of medical treatment in Thailand? My partner plans to apply for this a flight by using this criteria. What kind of documents do the Thai government would like for an approval? How serious of the medical treatment will be considered?

    Looking forward to hearing from you soon.

    Jira

    • September 15, 2020

      Dear Jira,
      Good day. We recommend that you get in touch with Bumrungrad Hospital. They can sponsor the Non Immigrant visa for medical travel.
      Thank you.

  56. magesh
    September 15, 2020
    Reply

    Hi Rex
    This is magesh , i have a valid work permit and currently in thailand. Can i process the non immigrant o visa for my wife and two kids who are in india now.

    • September 15, 2020

      Dear Magesh,
      Yes, your family can apply for the Non Immigrant O visa and Certificate of Entry from Thai Embassy in Delhi. For more information, please ask them to contact VFS Thailand in India or directly the Thai Embassy or consulate.
      Thank you.

  57. Nils Bley
    September 14, 2020
    Reply

    crazy times, every airport still closed , but we must to do extensions visa and pay 1900 baht. I feel worried and scared. the government of Thailand is asking for a letter of our Embassy, que should have the letter for extend visa for 30 days more?

    thanks for everything guys.

    • September 15, 2020

      Dear Nils,
      Yes, you may apply for the 30 days extension at your local immigration office. You need to present a letter from your embassy. You must apply for the visa extension before September 26th.
      Thank you.

  58. John Sheekey
    September 14, 2020
    Reply

    I am a UK national with a Thai spouse. I am currently in the UK ( my wife is in Thailand).

    I want to travel back to Thailand in November. I have a Spousal visa valid until 28th February 2021 and a Re-entry Permit also valid until 28th February 2021.

    My wife is a Government officer and as a result I am covered by her health insurance.
    Will a letter from my wife’s employer ( Public Health Authority of Thailand) suffice to meet the requirement for proof of health insurance?

    What other documents do I need to re-enter Thailand.

    • September 15, 2020

      Dear John,
      The Thai Embassy is London listed the requirements for the issuance of the COE or Certificate of Entry. We recommend that you provide the embassy what is listed on their website to avoid any delay in your COE application.
      Thank you.

    • sakthivel
      September 21, 2020

      HELO , GOOD AFTERNOON JUST WANT TO KNOW MY FRIEND IS A THAI CITIZEN , HE IS ALREADY GOT STUCK IN LAOS …DO HE NEED A LETTER TO COME BACK TO THAILAND FROM THAI EMBASSY IN LAOS OR HE CAN STRAIGHT GO TO THE BOARDER AND ENTER BACK TO THAILAND AND QURAINTINE HIMSELF IN THAILAND AT THAILAND QURAINTINE CENTER ? PLEASE ADVICE ..THANK YOU …

    • September 22, 2020

      All Thais and foreigners who wish to enter Thailand must obtain a permit of entry from Thai Embassy.
      Thank you.

  59. Ramesh
    September 14, 2020
    Reply

    Hi Rex
    Good Day,
    I am an Indian working in Thailand for couple of years. Now my wife and 6 month old daughter currently in India would like to apply for Non Imm O Visa & COE. Is there any restriction they will be facing for the application? especially regarding my kid’s age.
    FYI my wife alone had Non Imm O Visa earlier which expired only last week (i.e. 04-Sep-20) and she exited Thailand last year.

    • September 15, 2020

      Dear Ramesh,
      Good day.
      Your wife and your child must apply for their individual non-immigrant O visa and certificate of Entry. I recommend that your wife calls the Thai Embassy or VFS Thai In India for the visa application procedure,
      Thank you.

  60. Avita Dsouza
    September 14, 2020
    Reply

    Good Day,

    i am a travel agent,

    my passenger is a Thai National who wants to come back from Malaysia

    he works in Labuan Malaysia as a crew member for oil rig,

    will he need to quarantine at BKK (DMK) for 14 days, before boarding his next flight to PHS ( PHITSANULOK )

    or can he transit from DMK( bangkok) and take connecting flight same day,

    Your help is highly Appreciated !

    Thank you so much !

    • September 15, 2020

      Dear Avita,
      Yes, the passenger will spend 14 days in quarantine in Bangkok before he can go home to Phitsanulok.
      Thank you.

  61. Mar
    September 12, 2020
    Reply

    Hi, I am from Singapore and I have applied for a work permit as a doctor in Thailand. I am wondering if the non-immigrant B visa is still being issued in the current situation? After I get my work permit, am I able to apply for the visa in my local Thai Embassy? How long would it take for me to receive my visa?

  62. Eunice
    September 12, 2020
    Reply

    Hi,
    Me and my son have an interview with Swedish Embassy in Bangkok, May I know the steps to apply the COE to travel for this purpose?

    Thank you.

    • September 15, 2020

      Dear Eunice,
      The Thai Embassy in Manila is very strict. They will only issue a certificate of entry to foreigners who have Thai wife or child or to foreigners with Thai work permit. For your Swedish Embassy visa interview, it does not fall under those categories and you may be refused the issuance of COE. I recommend for you to contact the Thai Embassy in Manila for more information.
      Thank you.

  63. Sonny Wamback
    September 12, 2020
    Reply

    Hello, i am a Belgian citizen , i am currently in China for business since the last 6 months, i had to extend my stay here cause the pandemic. I am married to a Thai, in meantime my O visa is expired since 2 weeks ago. I have all the required documents except my O visa. In Thai consulate in Shanghai they inform me I can’t apply for my O visa in China because i don’t have a resident permit. My wife is 7 months pregnant, and i really would like ti be present at the birth of our son🙏🏻 Is there any other way possible for me to get to Thailand in time ? Please ..

    • September 22, 2020

      Dear Sonny,
      In order for you to come back to Thailand, you need to have a new Non Immigrant O visa and a Certificate of Entry. If the Thai consulate in Shanghai cannot issue these documents, you need to return to your home country and obtain the Visa and Certificate of Entry from that place.
      Maybe the another way is to apply for the Special Tourist Visa. Please contact the Thai Consulate in Shanghai or the Tourism Authority of Thailand Office in China.
      Thank you.

  64. Rayvon
    September 12, 2020
    Reply

    Hello Rex,
    I’m a foreigner who wants to go to Thailand so i can be with my girlfriend. What do i need to do to make it happen.
    Or do i have to wait for the special tourist visa?

    Thank you in advance!

    • September 15, 2020

      Dear Rayvon,
      Good day.
      You have two options:
      1. If your nationality and country of departure qualifies for the Special Tourist Visa, you may do this. You may call the Thai Embassy in your country tomorrow to know when will they start issuing this visa.
      2. Thai Elite Visa. You can sign up for membership and the processing for membership and visa application may take 1 to 4 months.
      Thank you.

  65. Henry
    September 11, 2020
    Reply

    Hi, the information on this site is incredibly useful – thank you for putting it together. I need to clarify something I have been able to find clearly.

    I entered thailand with a uk passport on the 17th of March 2020 with a visa exemption. Am i able to extend beyond the 26th of September without a letter from my embassy? and should the amnesty be extended again – will i have used my only extension and would require a letter for subsequent requests?

    Thanking you in advance.

    • September 15, 2020

      Dear Henry,
      Good day.
      The visa amnesty will not be extended anymore. That is 100% certain. However if you are unable to leave the country, you may apply for the 30-day extension when you present a letter from your embassy. Should the 30 days extension not enough, you may do a repeat of this 30 days extension, and you present a new embassy letter.
      Thank you.

    • Henry
      September 23, 2020

      Thank you Rex!

      If you dont mind – one more thing – I entered as a dual national not using my country of residence passport. Should i obtain a letter from both embassies? and can i register with the online queue with this request?

      Regards and thanks in advance

      H

    • September 23, 2020

      Dear Henry,
      You will apply for the visa extension based on the passport used to enter Thailand and you will be requesting a letter from the embassy of that country/passport.
      Thank you.

  66. Ragavan
    September 11, 2020
    Reply

    Thanks for your reply. Further to this I have nortary and mea attestation from indian government in marriage and my sons birth certificate but I don’t have Thai embassy attestation on both. Can you please advise me how to get that. Is it mandatory to have that as well for applying non-o visa.
    Thanks in advance

    • September 22, 2020

      Dear Ragavan,
      Yes, it needs to have a stamp of either Thai Embassy in India or the Indian Embassy in Bangkok.After that, it has to be legalised or apostilled at Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Bangkok.
      Thank you.

  67. John
    September 10, 2020
    Reply

    Judging from the rules for Thai nationals returning to Thailand stated above
    a “Covid-19 free” certificate is optional and not mandatory.
    A “fit fo fly” certificate is however mandatory.
    Is that correctly understood.

    • September 15, 2020

      Dear John,
      Yes that is correct. It varies from country to country, so it is best for the Thai person to get in touch with the Thai Embassy of the country where he or she will be flying from.
      Thank you.

  68. Ragavan
    September 10, 2020
    Reply

    Hi am new non-b visa applicant and having BOI letter to work in a company. Can i take my wife and son along with me when i go for first time or should i go first and once i get my work permit i can take them to thailand. Plz advise me on this.Thanks

    • September 10, 2020

      Dear Ragavan,
      All of you may travel together. While you apply for your Non Immigrant B visa, you should also apply for the Non Immigrant O visa for your family. Then all of you applies for the Certificate of Entry from the Thai Embassy in your location.
      Thank you.

  69. Deepak
    September 10, 2020
    Reply

    Hi,
    Can you please post the link for the Mandatory Health / Travel Insurance required for foreigner against Covid-19 to enter Thailand. Thanks

    • Deepak
      September 10, 2020

      Is LumaHealth Dot Com, supplying Health insurance cover against COVID-19 for 100k USD with offices in Bangkok, “OK / Legitimate” for this purpose? Thanks.

    • September 10, 2020

      Dear Deepak,
      I am not sure about this company but I have seen some people who used Pacific Cross and they were able to return to Thailand.
      Thank you.

    • September 10, 2020

      Dear Deepak,
      You may check on this page the requirements of the CAAT for foreigners entering Thailand: https://www.caat.or.th/en/archives/51895
      There is no specific name of the insurance company but feel free to check Pacific Cross.
      Thank you.

  70. Chrisha gossard
    September 10, 2020
    Reply

    I heard that there are only certain Flights that return to Thailand. How do i find out which ones to book?

    • September 10, 2020

      Dear Chrisha,
      Yes, that is correct. You are able to check the approved flights to Thailand through the Thai Embassy in your location.
      Thank you.

  71. Marty
    September 9, 2020
    Reply

    Hi Rex,
    I am coming to Thailand on a non immigrant B visa, and will quarantine on arriving. I have a long term relationship with a Thai lady , is there any way she will be able to stay with me in ASQ ?

    • September 10, 2020

      Dear Marty,
      Good day.
      I do not think that ASQ hotel will allow it. If she will visit you, she might have to stay the whole 14 days with you and you might have to pay for 2 people. I recommend for you to check directly with the hotel.
      Thank you.

  72. Jason Gallant
    September 9, 2020
    Reply

    Hello,

    I am looking at a teaching position in Bangkok. It will start around the beginning of November.

    What do i need to receive to be able to enter the country?

    Thank you for your time.

    • September 10, 2020

      Dear Jason,
      Good day.
      You will need the documents from the school and the WP3 or letter from Labour Office or it might be letter from MOE. Once you have these, you will apply for the Non Immigrant B visa and Certificate of Entry from the Thai Embassy in your location. Please check with Thai embassy in your country for the long list of things you need to submit for the COE.
      Thank you.

  73. Angie
    September 8, 2020
    Reply

    We have been trying to move to Bangkok since January. Our son has been accepted and started virtual school at ISB. My husband is setting up a representation office for his work…..but he can not get there to sign 1 document.
    Should we try to apply for a student visa? They only allow 1 parent to accompany the child. Or should we continue to wait for new announcements on Oct. 1st?
    Many thanks,
    Angie

    • September 15, 2020

      Dear Angie,
      You have different options:
      1. Non Immigrant ED visa for the child and Non Immigrant O visa for 1 parent.
      2. Non Immigrant B visa with work permit for your husband and Non Immigrant O visa for you and child. This mean, they have to make haste of the company registration and other documents.
      3. Thai Elite Visa for your husband and you as his dependants.
      4. Special Tourist Visa coming in October at your local Thai Embassy. It is best to get in touch with the Thai Embassy this early in case they have a waiting list.
      Thank you.

  74. Graham Hunt
    September 8, 2020
    Reply

    Hi I got married to a Thai national on the 3rd March this year, came back to the UK on the 19th March, with the intention of clearing up business here, and returning to Thailand, i work online so self sufficient, it has now been 6 Months since me and my wife were together, an i am not finding it easy to get back, problem being, i did not have time to apply for marriage visa upon return to UK,and cannot now apply as visa office closed, obviously i cannot return on tourist visa, so i am asking you if there is another course of action i can take, Please Help.

    • September 22, 2020

      Dear Graham,
      Good day.
      Yes, you can apply for the Non Immigrant O visa for having a Thai wife. You need to submit a copy of the marriage certificate and copy of ID card of your wife. The application for the visa and the certificate of entry is done online. I recommend that you contact the Thai Embassy in London through this email: csinfo@thaiembassyuk.org.uk
      Thank you.

  75. Arunee
    September 8, 2020
    Reply

    Hi,

    Can foreigner come in to Thailand with tourists visa or how can foreigners come in Thailand during this time ?

    Ps. He is an English man staying in Portugal.

    • September 10, 2020

      Dear Arunee,
      Good day.
      Thailand has a travel ban for foreigners, so tourists are not allowed to enter Thailand at this time. We recommend to wait for the new updates from the government. There is a proposal that Phuket will open to tourists in October but we need to wait for the announcement.
      Thank you.

  76. Abhinav
    September 7, 2020
    Reply

    Hi can we take travel insurance instead of health insurance while going Thailand?

    • September 7, 2020

      Yes, travel insurance is acceptable as long as it specifically cover COVID-19.
      Thank you.

    • Khayali
      September 14, 2020

      Hi,
      My father is currently working in Thailand and has to undergo surgery on 6th October for cancer. I want to travel there so that I can take care of him. Can you tell me what documents do I need to present in order to get COE. I read the details on the website but it’s unclear to me on what documents do I need. Please help me as it is a matter of urgency.

    • September 15, 2020

      Dear Khayali,
      Good day.
      You may apply for Non Immigrant O visa and the certificate of entry from the Thai Embassy in your country. Waste no time, I recommend that you start calling the embassy for more information.
      Thank you.

  77. Deb
    September 6, 2020
    Reply

    Hi,

    I’m in the process of obtaining a work permit and my husband will join me on a Non O spiuse visa. He may have a job oportunity in Thailand later this year. Will he be able to switch to a work permit there without having to leave the countey given the circumstances? Or is it better to delay our departure until he receives it?

    Many thanks

    • September 10, 2020

      Dear Deb,
      There is 90% chance that he needs to leave Thailand when he finds a job in Thailand. Therefore it is better to wait and then both of you arrives with a non immigrant B visa from your respective employers.
      Thank you.

  78. Eunice
    September 6, 2020
    Reply

    Hello,
    My husband and I work and live in Thailand. We are American. Our son is 19 years old and attends college in the USA but his home is still with us in Thailand. Can he get a COE so he can stay with us when his school is not in session? He no longer has a non-immigrant O visa.

    • September 10, 2020

      Dear Eunice,
      Your son needs to apply for a non-immigrant O visa since a normal tourist visa is not being issued right now. Aside from the Non Immigrant O visa, he needs to get a COE also. He is below 20 years old, so he is still qualified for the non-immigrant O visa. For more information, please check this page: https://thaiembdc.org/visas/
      Thank you.

  79. nils
    September 4, 2020
    Reply

    hi, my name is Nils. I’m in Thailand since 8 March, but because of the situation of the corona virus I’m still in Thailand with my expired visa, I read on Facebook that it is allowed to be in Thailand under these conditions until 26 September. What will happen to people in countries that are still quarantined? can we make visa run between Laos or Vietnam with Thailand? thanks

    • September 10, 2020

      Dear Nils,
      If you are unable to travel due to an outbreak in your country, you may apply for the 30-day extension at the local immigration office. The fee is 1900 THB and you will be required to present a letter from your embassy.
      Thank you.

  80. Ertuğrul
    September 4, 2020
    Reply

    Ben Tayland’da evliyim türkiyedeyim Türkiye’den konsolosluğun göndereceği özel uçuşlar yada ticari uçuşlar ne zaman olacak bütün evrakların hazır

    • September 10, 2020

      May I ask if you are able to send this message in English? Thank you.

  81. Anbazhagan Shanmugam
    September 3, 2020
    Reply

    Hi Rex,

    I’m planning to work in Thailand with Thai company. The WP3 is under process and may get within couple of days.

    then I will apply Non -B and COE together is ok?., or should i wait Non B visa approval, then apply for COE?.,

    In that Case, Covid 19 insurance coverage should i buy for Non-B visa period of 90 days or should purchase for 1 year coverage?

    Im presently working in Singapore.

    • September 3, 2020

      Dear Anbazhagan,
      Yes, you may apply for the Non B visa and the COE at the same time. However there are some Thai Embassy that will do the visa first and then they will do your COE. For the insurance, you can use 3 months insurance and the starting date should be the date you arrive in Thailand.
      For more information, please call Thai Embassy in Singapore.
      Thank you.

  82. Len
    September 2, 2020
    Reply

    Does WP3 has expiration?

    • September 3, 2020

      Dear Len,
      It is usually valid for 30 days.

    • Len
      September 3, 2020

      What will happen if the WP3 expired before you can enter Thailand? Do you need to pay fees?

    • September 3, 2020

      Dear Len,
      As long as you are able to get the Non Immigrant B visa and the COE before the expiry of the WP3, that is alright, you can still enter Thailand. The only problem that may arise is the Work Permit application once you have arrived. It will take around 14 days to process.
      Thank you.

    • Len
      September 3, 2020

      What will happen if my WP3 expired before I can enter Thailand? I already got a new NonB visa valid til November. Will it be an issue?

    • September 3, 2020

      Dear Len,
      As long as you are able to get the Non Immigrant B visa and the COE before the expiry of the WP3, that is alright, you can still enter Thailand. The only problem that may arise is the Work Permit application once you have arrived. It will take around 14 days to process.
      Thank you.

  83. Amy
    September 2, 2020
    Reply

    I have a teaching assignment in Thailand.

    Is my spouse able to come with me and if so, what visa will he need?

    If he happens to find work there, is it possible to aquire a new visa to fit the change in circumstance?

    Thanks!

    • September 3, 2020

      Dear Amy,
      Good day!
      You will apply for the Non-Immigrant B visa together with your WP3. Your spouse will apply for the non-immigrant O visa as your dependant. Both of your initial visas are valid for 90 days only and both visas must be extended for 1 year inside Thailand. Make sure your marriage documents are stamped by Thai Embassy prior to coming to Thailand because that is important when doing the 1 year extension.
      If your spouse finds a job in Thailand, the new employer will change his Non immigrant O visa into a Non immigrant B visa the same way your employer did to your Non Immigrant B visa.
      Thank you.

  84. Charles
    September 2, 2020
    Reply

    Hello,
    I have a NON “O” retirement multi entry visa valid until 23 October 2020. I have been stuck outside of Thailand due to covid 19 unable to return home. I am not married to a Thai or have children in Thailand. I was wondering if I qualify for a certificate of entry if I provide medical insurance as requested. My home is there and I would like to return.
    Thank you

    • September 3, 2020

      Dear Charles,
      Good day.
      At this time, there is nothing we can do but to patiently wait for the announcement. There has been reports that the government is considering retirement visa holders to enter Thailand in October. We have to wait a bit longer.
      Thank you.

  85. Josue Barreto
    September 1, 2020
    Reply

    I have 6 Thai Nationals traveling from France, They have a finished a project and will travel now back home. They have a flight on September 13th. Are they OK with that flight? and just get the required documents to travel into the country.
    Please guide us not to have them stranded in the country

    • September 3, 2020

      Dear Josue,
      If the flights are secured through Thai Embassy in Paris, then it is very likely to get approval to land in Thailand. Please ask the Thai nationals to call the Thai Embassy in Paris for more information.
      Thank you.

    • David Craven
      September 7, 2020

      I have a thai wife all the documents required but have a retirement visa would I be able to get a COE

    • September 10, 2020

      Dear David,
      You will be able to do that as long as you can present the proof of marriage. We recommend for you to call the Thai Embassy in your country to confirm this or if they would require you to change your visa into Non Immigrant O visa. In my opinion, you will not be required to change the visa if the current visa is still valid for few months.
      Thank you.

  86. Mark
    September 1, 2020
    Reply

    When will Thai Elite Visa holders be allowed in?

    • September 3, 2020

      Dear Mark,
      I have heard some reports that some holders are allowed to enter the country. Some reports state it will be included in the next round. I recommend that you contact your Thai Elite agent for more information.
      Thank you.

  87. Julian
    September 1, 2020
    Reply

    Dear Rex,

    I would like to ask for some informations about the Safe&Sealed program at Phuket:

    – Is this program now officially announced by the Thai government?
    – If yes, how is the way to get the approval by the Thai embassy?
    – Which countries are approved to enter Thailand as Tourists?
    – Where I could find and book flights?

    Thank you in advance.

    Sinecerely,

    Julian

    • September 3, 2020

      Dear Julian,
      Good day.
      There has been no official announcement or approval for this program. We are still waiting for the specification of this project. Let’s give it a week ot two to know the requirements.
      Thank you.

  88. Seyyed
    August 31, 2020
    Reply

    Hi,

    My name is Seyyed Masoud Kargar and I’m from Iran. I’ve got an acceptance for a master program at KMUTNB in Bangkok, Thailand. Due to the last announcement, I can also take a non-immigrant ED Visa or non-immigrant O Visa for my spouse.
    Unfortunately, the Royal Thai embassy in Iran has suspended visa issuance and I need to arrive in Bangkok as soon as possible to start my studies.
    Would you please let me know if it is possible to apply for visa at the Royal Thai embassy in Ankara, Turkey?

    Best regards

    Seyyed

    • September 3, 2020

      Dear Seyyed,
      Good day. I regret to inform you that there is not much we can do for you since your problem is actually the issuance of the visa and COE by the Thai Embassy. It is best if you call the Thai Embassy in Turkey.
      Thank you.

    • Aries Hughey
      September 8, 2020

      Hello, I have a thai wife and child. Which visa do I need to apply for when traveling from the US?

    • September 10, 2020

      Dear Aries,
      Good day.
      Yes, you are able to apply for the 90-day non-immigrant O visa in order to enter Thailand. You will also apply for the Certificate of Entry which is also issued by the Thai Embassy in Washington DC or consulate in Los Angeles, Chicago or NYC.
      For more information, please check this page:
      https://thaiembdc.org/visas/
      Thank you.

  89. Kevin Slater
    August 31, 2020
    Reply

    My Thai girlfriend will be returning to Thailand when we can get a flight that won’t be cancelled, I have read many topics on non Thai nationals entering the country and what is required from them, but nothing is clear for a Thai national, does she need all the requirements.
    Your help would be appreciated

    Kevin

    • September 3, 2020

      Dear Kevin,
      Please know that there are flights from London to Thailand September 13, 20 and 27. Please ask your Thai girlfriend to call Thai Embassy in London and sign up for these flights.
      Thank you.

  90. Peter
    August 30, 2020
    Reply

    I am currently in Thailand with no immediate plans to travel, but eventually I must go abroad and I would like to understand clearly the requirements to return before I take that step. Is there a place I can view a copy of the “Fit-to-Travel” document? In your August 27 reply to Maxine you mentioned that a document template was available from the Thai Embassy, but I can’t find the link here on this “thaiembassy.com” website.

  91. Rafiq Khan
    August 30, 2020
    Reply

    Good Day,

    I have a valid retirement visa for Thailand and have my family with me in thailand (Non Thai) Can I apply for COE for entering Thailand

    • September 3, 2020

      Dear Rafiq,
      At this time, retirement visa holders are not on the list of qualified foreigners allowed to enter Thailand. Therefore, you will not be able to apply for the COE just yet. We have to wait if retirement visa holders will be included in the new list which may be posted this month.
      Thank you.

  92. August 29, 2020
    Reply

    28 08 20
    I’m a foreigner, thinking of entering Thailand under the “Tourist Bubble” and staying in quarantine for 14 days in Phuket.
    After that, if I have the USD 100K health insurance, since I’m already in-country, can I then get an “O-A” retirement visa without leaving the country?
    Thanks, John

    • August 31, 2020

      Dear John,
      Yes, if you do the ‘Safe and Sealed” program, we recommend that you come with the 60-day TR visa (tourist visa) issued by Thai Embassy. Yes, after you have stayed in Phuket for more than 3 weeks, you are able to change into a Non Immigrant O visa and into a retirement visa, in Phuket or outside Phuket.
      Thank you.

  93. Richard
    August 29, 2020
    Reply

    I’m currently in Scotland and would like to go to Thailand to visit my wife and kids (Thai). How do I get the flight arranged, and what are the quarantine requirements upon arrival.

  94. Amit
    August 27, 2020
    Reply

    Hello REX,

    My Visa Non immigration B and WP3 got expired before my 1st visit to Thailand. Extension in WP3 is also got expired.

    Let me know the procedure to apply for COE. Will my expired WP3 will work to apply for COE . I have below documents

    1- Passport
    2- Expired WP3
    3-Expired Visa
    4- Medical Insurance
    5- Declaration Form

    Thanks

    Br
    Amit

    • August 28, 2020

      Dear Amit,
      This inquiry should be directed to the Thai Embassy where you will submit the application. Perhaps they will accept an expired WP3 given that there has been delays in sending it from Thailand to your country.
      Thank you.

  95. Kiera Sashin
    August 27, 2020
    Reply

    Dear Rex,
    Hi, about the flights, do they have to be arranged by the embassy or may we book our own flight?
    I’m quite confused on this because we have to submit flight details when we give in our Visa application, but there’s no mention of embassy-provided flights anywhere…

    • August 27, 2020

      Dear Kiera,
      Good day.
      May I ask where are you flying from?
      Thank you.

    • Kiera
      August 27, 2020

      Hi sir, I am flying from Malaysia. I already booked a flight to prepare for Visa application, as there was no information given about flights organized by the embassy here, so I am quite confused right now.
      By the way, there will be travel updates on September 1st?

    • August 27, 2020

      Dear Kiera,
      As you may know commercial flights are banned in Thailand at this time. Therefore even if you book a flight online, it may not be able to fly to Thailand. I recommend for you to call the Thai Embassy if they can provide you with the list of repatriation flights to Thailand.
      Thank you.

  96. Lee
    August 27, 2020
    Reply

    Hi there
    Where can I see the dates for the Repat flights in Sept and how to register for it?

    • August 27, 2020

      Dear Lee,
      May I ask where are you flying from? If you are coming from the US, please check this page:
      https://thaiembdc.org/visas/
      Thank you.

  97. Maxine
    August 26, 2020
    Reply

    How long did it take to get a COE?
    Is the COE valid for a specific date of entry into Thailand or for a specific period, like 2 weeks?

    Thank you in advance

    • August 27, 2020

      Dear Maxine,
      Good day.
      The COE application takes 5 to 15 days depending on the Thai Embassy or Consulate where the application is made. The COE has no specific validity. You can use it to enter Thailand while the travel ban is in place. It is best to use the COE and get a flight to Thailand as soon as you get it.
      The Thai Embassy has a template or format of the Fit-to-Fly document which you need to bring to your doctor together with the COVID-19 PCR test.
      Thank you.

  98. Jiana Gan
    August 26, 2020
    Reply

    Hi Rex,
    If I am going back to Bangkok just to visit my family who work there (I am a foreigner), would 30-day insurance be accepted?

    Thank you.

    • August 26, 2020

      Dear Jiana,
      In order for you to be able to come to Thailand, you need a non immigrant O visa which is valid for 90 days, therefore it is just right if the insurance is also valid for 90 days. However, it is up to the Thai Embassy to let you know if they have a specific requirement.
      Thank you.

  99. Hawk
    August 26, 2020
    Reply

    I’m applying for a non-B visa (teaching) at the Thai embassy in Seoul, and this is what they request for the COE. What are 1.3 and 1.4 exactly? I can’t seem to get answers from the embassy whatsoever.

    1.1 A copy of applicant’s valid passport;
    1.2 A filled in visa application form;
    1.3 A diplomatic note from the country’s government of the applicant confirming the official status of the applicant and official purpose of travel; and
    1.4 A letter from the respective DCIOs affirming responsibility for healthcare or treatment expenses, or documentary evidence demonstrating a guarantee that the traveler is able to take responsibility for his/her own healthcare or treatment expenses, including for COVID-19, throughout the duration of stay in the Kingdom of Thailand.

    • Hawk
      August 26, 2020

      Sorry. Never mind.
      Looks like they were for a different category I guess.

    • August 26, 2020

      Yes, requirements for application of the Non Immigrant D or F visa is different from the requirements of Non Immigrant B visa.

    • August 26, 2020

      Dear Hawk,
      Yes, that is for application for those foreign diplomats. For you, it will be the letter from from Labour Office which is also called WP3 or if you already have the work permit booklet.
      Thank you.

  100. Maxine
    August 26, 2020
    Reply

    Hi, I would love yo ask some questions that
    How long did it take to get a COE?

    Is the COE valid for a specific date of entry into Thailand or for a specific period, like 2 weeks?

    Also where can I get the Fit to Fly certificate can I apply this certificate from my local hospital or do I need to contact the embassy for it?

    Thank you in advance

    • August 27, 2020

      Dear Maxine,
      The COE application takes 5 to 15 days depending on the Thai Embassy or Consulate where the application is made. The COE has no specific validity. You can use it to enter Thailand while the travel ban is in place. It is best to use the COE and get a flight to Thailand as soon as you get it.
      The Thai Embassy has a template or format of the Fit-to-Fly document which you need to bring to your doctor together with the COVID-19 PCR test.
      Thank you.